Texas Railroad Commission

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Texas Railroad Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $71,093,217
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Texas Natural Resource Code, Title 3, Chapter 81
Leadership:  Christi CraddickRepublican Party
Selection Method:  Elected
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The Texas Railroad Commission is a state executive agency in the Texas state government. Despite its name, the commission does not regulate railroads but instead oversees the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining.[1]

Historically, the railroad commission has been a very powerful office. OPEC, the Middle Eastern oil cartel, was originally modeled in part on the commission. The agency has also been a launching pad to higher office.[2]

Current officeholders

The current commissioners are Christi Craddick (R) (chair), Ryan Sitton (R) and David Porter (R).[3] Sitton was first elected to the commission on November 4, 2014.

Authority

The commission's authority is established by the Texas Natural Resource Code.[4]

Texas Natural Resource Code, Title 3. Chapter 81, Subchapter C, Section 81.051

JURISDICTION OF COMMISSION. (a) The commission has jurisdiction over all:

(1) common carrier pipelines defined in Section 111.002 of this code in Texas; (2) oil and gas wells in Texas; (3) persons owning or operating pipelines in Texas; and (4) persons owning or engaged in drilling or operating oil or gas wells in Texas.

Qualifications

Qualifications for being a commissioner are outline in the Texas Natural Resource Code.[4]

To serve on the Texas Railroad Commission a person must be:[4]

(1) a qualified voter under the constitution and laws; and

(2) at least 25 years of age.

Elections

Commissioners are elected to six-year staggered terms, with one commissioner up for election every two years.[5]

Full history

2014

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican Ryan Sitton won election on November 4, 2014.

Texas Railroad Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 58.3% 2,690,624
     Democrat Steve Brown 36.5% 1,682,644
     Libertarian Mark Miller 3.2% 145,365
     Green Martina Salinas 2% 93,800
Total Votes 4,612,433
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.

Vacancies

Vacancies are filled by appointment from the governor. Once appointed, commissioners serve until the next general election at which time they can run to be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term.[5]

Duties

The commission is responsible for overseeing and regulating the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry and surface coal and uranium mining in the state of Texas.

Divisions

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State budget

See also: Texas state budget and finances

The budget for the Texas Railroad Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $71,093,217.[8]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

According to the Texas Tribune, each railroad commissioner was paid $137,500 for 2013.[9]

Historical officeholders

List of Former Officeholders from 1891-Present
Name Took office Left office
JOHN H. REAGAN June 10, 1891 January 20, 1903
L.L. FOSTER June 10, 1891 April 30, 1895
W.P. McLEAN June 10, 1891 November 20, 1894
L. J. STOREY November 21, 1894 March 28, 1909
N.A. STEDMAN May 1, 1895 January 4, 1897
ALLISON MAYFIELD January 5, 1897 January 23, 1923
O.B. COLQUITT January 21, 1903 January 17, 1911
WILLIAM D. WILLIAMS April 28, 1909 October 1, 1916
JOHN L. WORTHAM January 21, 1911 January 1, 1913
EARLE B. MAYFIELD January 2, 1913 March 1, 1923
CHARLES H. HURDLESTON October 10, 1916 December 31, 1918
CLARENCE E. GILMORE January 1, 1919 January 1, 1929
N.A. NABORS March 1, 1923 January 18, 1925
WILLIAM W. SPLAWN March 1, 1923 August 1, 1924
C.V. TERRELL August 15, 1924 January 1, 1939
LON A. SMITH January 29, 1925 January 1, 1941
PAT M. NEFF January 1, 1929 January 1, 1933
ERNEST O. THOMPSON January 1, 1933 January 8, 1965
JERRY SADLER January 1, 1939 January 1, 1943
OLIN CULBERSON January 1, 1941 June 22, 1961
BEAUFORD JESTER January 1, 1943 January 21, 1947
WILLIAM J. MURRAY, JR. January 21, 1947 April 10, 1963
BEN RAMSEY September 18, 1961 December 31, 1976
JIM C. LANGDON May 28, 1963 December 31, 1977
BYRON TUNNELL January 11, 1965 September 15, 1973
MACK WALLACE September 18, 1973 September 22, 1987
JON NEWTON January 10, 1977 January 3, 1979
JOHN H. POERNER January 2, 1978 January 1, 1981
JAMES E. (JIM) NUGENT January 4, 1979 January 2, 1995
BUDDY TEMPLE January 2, 1981 March 2, 1986
CLARK JOBE March 3, 1986 January 5, 1987
JOHN SHARP January 6, 1987 January 22, 1991
KENT HANCE September 23, 1987 January 2, 1991
ROBERT KRUEGER January 3, 1991 February 10, 1993
LENA GUERRERO January 23, 1991 October 1, 1992
JIM WALLACE October 2, 1992 January 4, 1993
BARRY WILLIAMSON January 5, 1993 January 3, 1999
MARY SCOTT NABERS February 10, 1993 December 9, 1994
CAROLE KEETON RYLANDER December 10, 1994 January 3, 1999
CHARLES R. MATTHEWS January 3, 1995 January 31, 2005
TONY GARZA January 4, 1999 November 18, 2002
MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS January 4, 1999 March 31, 2011
VICTOR G. CARRILLO February 19, 2003 January 3, 2011
ELIZABETH AMES JONES February 9, 2005 April 12, 2012
BUDDY GARCIARepublican Party April 12, 2012 January 2013
BARRY T. SMITHERMANRepublican Party July 8, 2011 January 5, 2015
DAVID PORTERRepublican Party January 5, 2011 Present
CHRISTI CRADDICKRepublican Party January 2013 Present
RYAN SITTONRepublican Party January 5, 2015 Present

Recent news

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Contact information

William B Travis State Office Building: Location of Texas Railroad Commission's offices

Main Office:

1701 N. Congress
Austin, Texas 78701


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 12967
Austin, Texas 78711-2967

Phone:

(877) 228-5740

See also

External links

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